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From the impacts of our changing climate, the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, to the challenges of dealing with our waste and meeting the competing demands on our natural spaces, environmental issues impact on us all.

This highly current degree examines topics such as ecology and conservation; sustainable development; resources, energy and waste management and pollution control in both developing and developed countries. You will combine theory, leading edge research and practical experience in order to find workable solutions to current and future environmental problems.

100% of Environmental Management* students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016). 

Iema _accredAccreditation

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.

From the impacts of our changing climate, the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, to the challenges of dealing with our waste and meeting the competing demands on our natural spaces, environmental issues impact on us all.

This highly current degree examines topics such as ecology and conservation; sustainable development; resources, energy and waste management and pollution control in both developing and developed countries. You will combine theory, leading edge research and practical experience in order to find workable solutions to current and future environmental problems.

100% of Environmental Management* students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016). 

Iema _accredAccreditation

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.

Course Information

UCAS Code
F751

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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You will be able to apply the theory you have learnt in lectures and tutorials in hands-on laboratory practicals, cementing your practical and professional skills. Taking your learning outside the classroom you will get your hands dirty on local and residential field trips including on a trip to Tenerife and you will get the opportunity to see environmental science in action on a range of site visits.

Our department has an excellent reputation for student support and teaching innovation. This starts from the very first week where we support your transition to university with a project and skills development week and includes a two day residential fieldtrip.

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You will learn from research active staff who will inspire you in their subject, and who truly believe in working to provide solutions to the environmental problems that are affecting our planet. You will be learning from those at the forefront of the subject.

The teaching team includes staff with previous experience working in industry, consultancy and for high profile organisations in both teaching and research positions. Staff specialisms cover all areas of environmental science including pollution monitoring and control, environmental management and law, ecology and conservation, climate adaptation and  renewable energy technologies, disaster management and resilience building.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Environmental Sciences. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will learn in state-of-the-art facilities where you can take part in practical experiments in our research laboratories with access to industry standard field and laboratory equipment. Our extensive field equipment includes a range of portable monitoring and analytical instrumentation (e.g. for soil, water and air pollution monitoring) whilst specialist IT software, including GIS and ecological statistical packages, allow you to analyse and model your findings. Our estates also include social spaces for our student community.

You will examine current natural world and urban case studies in order to apply what you have learnt to real world examples and you can further enhance  your employability with the opportunity for a semester-based or year long placement or period of study abroad.

Working as a team with your peers, you will liaise with external partners to solve a current sustainability or environmental problem. You can also tailor your final year dissertation to examine a research area that affects an external organisation.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

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The Environmental Science degree at Northumbria will fully develop your research skills, by immersing you in a research-rich environment. From the very first week you will be actively researching, building your confidence and expertise. You will be able to develop your specialist interests, what motivates you, culminating in a final year dissertation which will cement your ability to devise, explore, analyse and present your findings on a topic entirely of your own choice.

You will benefit from studying in a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power with 55% of our research ranked as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014). We carry out specialist research in cold and paleo environments, social and cultural geography, communities and resilience, environmental analysis and ecology, with projects and engagement taking place in more than 30 countries, from the poles  to the tropics. This breadth of innovative research should provide you with plenty of inspiration for your final year dissertation, where you will be matched with a supervisor engaged in research in a relevant area.

Research / Geography and Environmental Sciences

From Antarctica to the Arctic, global warming to disaster risk reduction, Geography takes place at a truly global scale at Northumbria.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

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Employability is key to the Environmental Science programme. You will have the opportunity to develop your subject specific and graduate transferable skills and enhance your employability via, work placement, volunteering and study abroad opportunities, live projects and real world based assessments.  Previous placement providers have included the National Trust, RSPB and the Environment Agency, environmental consultancies, local businesses and local councils.

Guest lectures from local practitioners and the opportunity to attend local professional body events will enable you to develop your networking skills and build contacts.

This course is accredited by the UK’s two lead organisations for professionals working in the environment,  the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Environmental Science. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

With environmental issues a key topic across the world, there is a demand for those with the environmental science knowledge and experience this course provides, making this Environmental Science BSc an ideal springboard to a career in this arena.

Not only will you graduate from this accredited degree with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience, but with solid research skills, and transferable skills such as independent learning, team working and current experience.

You will be able to hit the ground running in careers such as  environmental management, waste management, pollution control, urban regeneration, , conservation, overseas development or environmental education.

Book an Open Day / Experience Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Environmental Science. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one Year one is entirely core to give you a powerful and thorough foundation in Environmental Science.

Year 2

Year two Your modules will specialise dependent on whether you choose the IEMA, CIEEM or joint pathway.

Year 3

Year three There is an optional placement year where you can complete a 12 month placement and gain work experience should you wish to do so.

Year 4

Year four You will apply your specialist expertise to tackle real world problems and carry out a research dissertation on a subject of your choice

Who would this Course suit?

If you are fascinated by the world we live in and want a hands-on degree that will equip you with the tools to make a difference then Environmental Science could be the course for you. This professionally accredited degree has employability at its core and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter a range of environmental careers.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

 

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You are expected to purchase waterproofs, an approximate cost would be £150. Walking boots are also highly recommended, an approximate cost would be £100. There are optional field trips that you may wish to attend, an approximate cost would be £150. If you choose to do a dissertation that requires digital/secondary data modelling or a locally based case study there will be no charge; however if you choose to do a UK based fieldtrip for your dissertation it may cost up to £350; if an overseas based field trip is chosen it may cost significantly more.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KE4000 -

Introduction to the Physical Environment (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn a broad range of basic concepts and principles of the physical environment, how these interact as part of the Earth System and are modified by human processes. As you explore the Earth System today and in the past, you will discover a diverse range of atmospheric, land based and oceanic components that together form the physical environment. Armed with this knowledge you will be able to begin to critically evaluate the evidence concerning processes, landforms and systems. This will develop your problem solving skills and give you an international holistic view on the Earth as a system. Topics include:
• Atmospheric processes and energy flows.
• Climate and climate change.
• Weathering and Erosion.
• Soils and soil forming processes.
• Glacial and periglacial environments and the processes that shape these.
• Landscape and landform evolution from hillslope processes, to rivers and the coastal environment.
• The biogeographical distribution of vegetation and biomes
• The role of the biosphere in the Earth system and ecosystem engineers.
• How the Earth system has changed over Quaternary and Cenozoic time scales.
• The physical environment and links to human health.

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KE4002 -

Background to Environmental Management (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about key historical and contemporary debates relating to the environment and how these have informed policy and practice. You will develop a much clearer sense of your own personal environmental values and your own perspectives in these broader debates. You will learn about the contested nature of the environment and economic and social aspects of the natural environment. Some of the themes that be covered include:
• Population and resources (and some of the key thinkers such as Malthus, Boserup, Club of Rome etc.)
• Property rights and their role in environmental problems (e.g. Tragedy of the Commons versus Tragedy of Enclosure)
• Ethical issues and perspectives (such as animal rights and fox hunting)
• Environmental risks (and concepts such as the precautionary principle)
• Green consumerism and sustainable lifestyles; the role of technological solutions to environmental problems
• Indigenous and utopian views of the environment and relationships with nature
• Sustainable development and development in poorer countries, sustainability concepts and principles
• Ecosystems and ecological concepts, such as biodiversity
• Disasters (natural or human?)
• Different types of environmentalisms and environmental organisations
• Environmental change and evolving perception and valuing of the environment
These themes will provide you with a solid foundation to your degree and a broad background of knowledge that may be relevant to a range of environment-related jobs.

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KE4004 -

Academic Skills and Personal Development (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn and develop the key intellectual skills and personal attributes required for effective study and future graduate employment. Teaching, learning and assessment activities are tailored towards your own degree programme, linking to substantive core modules, thus providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module aims to consolidate the process of induction onto your degree programme, thus supporting your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and through the development of reflective practice, develop ways of monitoring your own academic performance and progress. Topics and issues covered include:
? Independent study and time management.
? Effective literature searching.
? Reading and summarising academic literature.
? Referencing, citations and plagiarism.
? Marking schemes and expectations.
? Essay writing skills.
? Report writing skills.
? Exam preparation.
? Oral presentation and debating skills.
? Dissecting a peer-reviewed journal article.
? Effective group work.
? Skills evaluation and reflection.
? CV preparation and employability skills.

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KE4005 -

Exploring Geographical and Environmental Data (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn to explore and analyse a wide range of geographical and environmental data. You will engage in teaching, learning and assessment activities, which are generic to all students of geography and environmental science, as well as specific tasks tailored towards your own degree programme. The module aims to give you a broad introduction to data collection and analysis in the geographical and environmental sciences, which will form the basis of programme-specific training at levels 5 and 6 and future graduate employment. Topics and issues covered include:
• sources of geographical and environmental data;
• descriptive and inferential statistics;
• geographical information systems;
• qualitative data collection and analysis.

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KE4007 -

Environmental Science (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics associated with a range of stressors that impact on man and the environment, including air, water and soil pollution, radioactivity and climate change. You will learn key environmental analysis skills, including laboratory and field based methods to measure both biological and chemical data. You will develop skills to collect suitable environmental samples, and how to process and report on your findings. Some of the key topics you will cover include:

• Chemical composition of the natural environment.
• Water resources and pollution.
• Pollution of sediments, soils and groundwaters.
• The chemistry of the global climate and processes affecting the release and sequestration of greenhouse gases.
• Ozone depletion; causes and implications.
• How humans are influencing the natural environment and processes.

In addition to learning key concepts that will be needed throughout your degree, you will also gain a deeper appreciation of current issues that face the world today and approaches that can be used to help mitigate its impact.

On completion of the module, you will achieve a chemical basis for understanding your local and global surroundings, and have learnt fundamental skills that will open up new employment opportunities.

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KE4008 -

Life on Earth (Core, 20 Credits)

This module provides a global overview of the complexity of life on earth and how this has changed through time. The wide-ranging and theoretical subject matter is grounded in real-life examples, including local environmental issues, to help you to connect with the over-arching themes of the module. You will gain practical experience in field techniques, data analysis and standard methodologies required for environmental science.

Topics on this module include:
- Patterns of life on earth in space and time
- Ecosystems: Arrangement of life on earth
- Biodiversity: Role and current crisis
- Ecosystem services and environmental change
- Climate change and its impacts
- Human impacts on the environment
- Carbon management
- Standard survey methodologies
- Plant and animal identification
- Ecological data analysis and presentation

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KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KE5009 -

Environmental Research and Fieldwork: Overseas (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module has three main elements. First, you will extend your knowledge and deepen your understanding of a range of geographical and environmental concepts and issues, gaining real-world “in-the-field” experience. There is a focus on the complexity and interconnectedness of issues and their management. Second, you will gain experience of a variety of research approaches used in studying the environment, ranging from questionnaire design to contaminated land sampling to protected area monitoring. Third, you will develop your ability to design research projects and devise fieldwork and data analysis methods. This will prepare you for carrying out your dissertation in final year. The module also develops your skills in designing research projects, choosing and using a wide variety of geography and environment fieldwork techniques and data analysis and interpretation.

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KE5010 -

Sustainable Rural Land Management (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the factors which affect the success of sustainable rural land management. There are a wide range of subjects which influence the sustainability of rural land management including social factors such as economics and the law, environmental factors such as habitat and species ecology, biodiversity, and aspects of physical geography including soils and drainage. In this module you will learn how these subjects affect the decisions that farmers and other rural land owners make. You will apply this knowledge to develop a management plan for a rural area which is economically sustainable (i.e. will make money), environmentally sustainable (i.e. will not harm species or habitats) and is socially sustainable (i.e. will benefit local people and land users).

Topic covered include:
• What is sustainability and sustainable land management,
• How do physical and ecological factors affect conservation and rural land management.
• How are rural areas changing and what do such changes mean,
• How does the law and planning control rural land uses,
• How can you survey and assess the sustainability of a rural area,
• How do different people (stakeholders) view, value (ecosystem services) and use rural areas,
• How can you plan and implement sustainable rural land management,
• How can you monitor rural sustainability.

You will also learn how to apply the above topics in practice. You will review information about a rural area and advise land owners about the key issues which are affecting the sustainability of their land. You will learn how to develop a five year sustainable land management plan and you will work with a named rural land management organisation on a current project and help them develop practical and sustainable solutions.

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KE5011 -

Environmental Policy and Regulation (Core, 20 Credits)

Developing a clear understanding of environmental policy framework(s) and the role of tools such as regulation, market based instruments and voluntary instruments in the delivery of such policy, is crucial for successful environmental management. In this module you will learn about the formation and application of a range of environmental policies at the international, European and national levels, consider the roles and responsibilities of the various organisations involved in this process and explore the strengths and weaknesses of the tools used to implement policy . You will also consider key principles such as the precautionary, polluter pays and preventative principles that underpin environmental policy. In semester 2 you will be introduced to the UK legal system and explore the various statutes and regulations used to protect the environment.

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KE5012 -

Urban Environmental Issues (Optional, 20 Credits)

A little over 50% of the global population now live in cities and urban areas and this is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. Cities and urban areas are highly demanding and their influence reaches across the planet. It is now recognised that cities are significant resource users and pollution producers. Cities will have to play a lead role in tackling the many environmental problems we face. There are a number of initiatives in cities to reduce their environmental impact. There are examples of cities pursuing green, eco-friendly or sustainable policies. In this module you will learn about the impact of cities on the global commons. You will then go on to learn what measures are being taken to make cities more sustainable and explore the characteristics of a sustainable city. Your learning will cover the following core areas:-

The rise and nature of cities including how they are provisioned
Pollution and waste – how cities impact the global commons
The response by cities in climate change risks.
Cities and human well-being.
The characteristics of sustainable cities.

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KE5013 -

Environmental Monitoring and Control (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the nature and properties of soil, air and water, the key processes operating within them and the wider environmental controls influencing their behaviour. The module will enable you to appreciate the dynamic nature of pollution, its impacts on environmental systems and human health, and provide an introduction to approaches for pollution management and mitigation. In addition, you will develop skills in a range of field and laboratory techniques and approaches to data collection and analysis used in environmental monitoring. You will also develop a deeper appreciation of the interaction between physical and human aspects of the environment, enabling you to demonstrate an informed concern about the Earth and its people.

On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your employability skills and future employment prospects.

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KE5014 -

Fundamentals of Ecology (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn the key concepts and debates within ecological science, the science underpinning our understanding of global biodiversity. You will be shown how populations of animals and plants change, how species interact and how ecological systems form and alter both in time and space. You will learn a wide range of ecological skills e.g. population modelling, quantifying mortality, measuring diversity and similarity, which underpin vital practical questions such as the conservation of rare species, spread of disease and nature reserve management. At the heart of the module is the significance of ecological systems for the well being of humanity and the need to understand how natural systems work if we are going to conserve them. Ultimately they module will challenge you be become ecological researchers, to carry out a piece of detailed research not only as an assessment and practical but also as a research contribution to the management of a local site, the Ouseburn Farm: you will move from the academy and become practicing ecologists.

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KE5016 -

Environment, Development and Sustainability (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about environmental issues in poorer countries and the relationship between the process of development and environmental change. Environmental issues such as desertification, deforestation, water scarcity, wildlife and biodiversity loss, mining and resource extraction will form the focus of the module. These will be contextualised in terms of changes in livelihoods, agriculture, governance, gender relations, population, technology, foreign investment and land ownership and poverty. Initiatives for tackling some of these problems, such as REDD+, community forestry, ecotourism, community conservation, will be critically examined. Examples will be taken at a range of scales from the local to the regional. Most material will be drawn from Africa and Asia. You will also learn some key tools that are valuable in employment in the development sector, such as stakeholder analysis, logical framework analysis and participatory research tools. Providing an opportunity to develop creative solutions to development problems in the form of project design will enhance your employability skills.

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KE5017 -

Earth Observation and GIS (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to teach you the concepts and techniques of spatial data handling and analysis using the techniques of remote sensing and image processing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Adding to the cartographic skills and basic spatial analysis that you have learnt from level 4 (first year) you will be taught to carry out spatial analysis from a wider range of sources and types of social and scientific geographical data. You will learn basic theoretical principles underpinning the use and application of digital datasets followed by more advanced techniques of image classification and spatial analysis. You will be taught how to use industry standard computer software applied in research and the workplace that will allow you to manipulate and analyse those data.

One semester focuses principally on remote sensing where you will learn in relation to image processing:
• the key components of remote sensing acquisition and analysis/display, including different platforms, sensors, image wavebands, and temporal and spatial resolution of imagery, and the fundamental processing techniques required in order to interpret remotely sensed imagery;
• theoretical background of datasets that can be generated and used to interpret change over space and time (e.g. loss of crops to disease, impact of changes in climate on food productivity and earths biomass); and
• the techniques used to classify and analyse datasets; explore spectral signatures, apply different classification models to produce landcover maps as a basis for resource management.

The other semester focuses on spatial analysis using GIS by:
• teaching you about key theoretical concepts associated with the types and associated use of digital data: what you can and can’t do to digital data in GIS, implications of scale on analysis, error (what is it, why it matters and what can be done about it) geographical co-ordinate systems and georeferencing;
• teaching you about the GIS tool box and different methods of spatial analysis available to you including the third dimension – 3D analysis using digital elevation models; and
• teaching you the practical skills you need to interrogate and analyse data in order to answer spatial queries – geographical decision making for policy and practice.

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KE5019 -

Environmental Research and Fieldwork: UK (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module has three main elements. First, you will extend your knowledge and deepen your understanding of a range of geographical and environmental concepts and issues, gaining real-world “in-the-field” experience. There is a focus on the complexity and interconnectedness of issues and their management. Second, you will gain experience of a variety of research approaches used in studying the environment, ranging from questionnaire design to geographical and environmental field survey techniques. Third, you will develop your ability to design research projects and devise fieldwork and data analysis methods. This will prepare you for carrying out your dissertation in final year. The module also develops your skills in designing research projects, choosing and using a wide variety of geography and environment fieldwork techniques and data analysis and interpretation.

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KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KE5023 -

Academic Language Skills for Geography (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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Academic Language Skills for Geography (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Geography and Environment Dissertation (Core, 40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a geographical or environmental topic of your own choice grounded in final year specialist option modules. Dependent upon your programme of study, you will draw upon and develop your research skills in answering research questions/hypothesis on a dissertation topic within the social, humanities, natural and environmental disciplines. You will develop expertise in:

• identifying a suitable topic and in reviewing critically the relevant academic literature;
• formulating research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collecting your own data and/or using existing data sets and/or engaging in an analysis of the research literature;
• the ability to analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relating the findings to existing and up-to-date literature;
• oral, visual and written presentation of your research project;
• objectively appraising the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• managing and implementing a large independent project.

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Environmental Engagement (Core, 20 Credits)

Sustainable environmental management is now a key business issue. Failure to address the environmental agenda can result in considerable risk to business continuity. The aim of this module is to build both the business and environmental cases for corporate engagement in the environmental agenda and to familiarise you with the application and evaluation of a range of environmental management tools and techniques. The module will examine concepts of risk and risk management, the application of environmental management and assessment tools such as environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems and life cycle assessment and consider the role of stakeholder engagement and communication in environmental change. The module will help you to develop the skills required to support the implementation of environmental programmes and change management in an organisation.

Topics you will cover on the module include:

• Sustainable Development - differing interpretations of sustainable development and how these influence the business response to environmental issues.

• Risk Management – concepts of risk and measures to management environmental risk and opportunity.

• Footprinting – measuring and accounting impacts e.g. ecological footprinting, carbon footprinting.

• Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment Ecological Impact Assessment and Landscape Assessment – assessing, avoiding, mitigating and compensating the environmental impacts of developments.

• Environmental Management Systems - introduction to environmental management systems with particular reference to EMAS and ISO 14001; exploration of the components of these systems.

• Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Design for the Environment - the role of product and process design and LCA as tools for improving company and product environmental performance. Eco-labelling and green claims.

• Environmental communication – the role of stakeholder engagement and communication in improving environmental performance. Environmental reporting.

• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – corporate self-regulation as a means of improving environmental and social performance.

• Managing change – barriers to environmental engagement, environmental improvement programmes and creating a culture of environmental engagement.

• Project management – approaches and issues.

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Conservation Management (Optional, 20 Credits)

A recent review of professionals working the fields of conservation and environmental management (Ecological Skills: shaping the profession for the 21st Century, IEEM 2011) identified the need for graduates who are able to undertake standard ecological surveys of sites and make recommendations for habitat and species management. This module is designed to help you develop these practical and employment related skills. In this module you will be working with a real site and developing a conservation management plan or undertaking an ecological impact assessment. You will learn how to undertake site surveys using standard methods, how to collect and evaluate site information and use this evidence to develop management objectives and practical management recommendations.

You will learn about the range of issues and aspects that need to be considered when managing a site for conservation, recreational and other purposes and learn how to practically maintaining and enhance the ecological and conservation value of a site. This is an applied module, you will be working in small groups and learn how to apply a range of methods and techniques relating to practical conservation management to a real local site and develop a logical justified management plan for this site. You will also learn how to work with a client to meet specific deadlines and learn how to develop proposals which meet both the needs of the client organisation and the needs of the site.

Topics covered include:
• Principles of site management for conservation and other purposes.
• Standard site survey methods.
• Site data collection and evaluation.
• Development of management objectives and economically costed management recommendations.
• Management planning, visitor management, restoration.
• Law and planning as it relates to site management.

At the end of the module you will have gained a critical understand of the range of subjects and issues that affect site management and practical experience in applying such knowledge and skills to real world decision making.

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Sustainable Resource Management (Optional, 20 Credits)

The sustainable use and management of resources is a key challenge for the future. This requires a rapid transition from a linear economy where resources move from source to sink, to a circular model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value from resources during their life and recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of their life.

In this module you will explore some of the current trends and issues in the management of a number of key resources, focusing in particular on water and energy. Appropriate policy and technological solutions to the challenges will be introduced. You will then go on to explore the sustainable management of solid waste and the application of the waste hierarchy, exploring the links between waste management and sustainable resource consumption.

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Environmental Pollution (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop a holistic viewpoint on issues surrounding environmental pollution, pollution impacts on human health, environmental history of pollution and approaches to pollution management and mitigation. You will engage with a range of contemporary issues across air quality management, contaminated land and water pollution; appreciate the wider context of historical and pre-historical pollution; analyse and interpret environmental data using a range of modelling techniques (for example, contaminated land software, atmospheric dispersion modelling software) and evaluate different types of interventions that can be used to alleviate/control the effects/impacts of pollutants; develop an appreciation of the role and utility of isotopes and their application to pollution studies; and develop a good working knowledge of the regulatory systems that exist for air, water and soil pollution control at global, European, national and/or local levels. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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Applied Ecology and Conservation (Optional, 20 Credits)

Elephants are wise and charismatic, aware of their own mortality. Alternatively they are large and dangerous, so why not shoot a few to raise money for conservation?

In this module you will explore the policies and practice of conservation, using examples from around the world. You will find out what it takes to manage a herd of African elephants, to assess the conservation value of a site in the UK, to map a river for ecologically sensitive engineering and to live sustainably in the rain forests of Indonesia.

The teaching will focus on building your practice based expertise, the confidence to make judgements and how to implement contemporary methods such National Vegetation Classification, Phase 1 mapping and Rarity classifications that are an essential skills for a career in this field. The topics are all based on the research rich expertise of the teaching staff with workshops based on techniques and strategies you need to know to work in the profession of conservation. At the heart of the module is the UK’s and global Biodiversity, concepts of biodiversity (genetic biodiversity, species biodiversity, community biodiversity, habitat diversity), and how the conservation professions approaches challenges such as assessing vulnerability and rarity or choosing sites for conservation. You will explore major causes of biodiversity loss with examples from the UK, Africa and SE Asia rain forests. Workshops build expertise and confidence in professional skills such as the principles of biological classification and taxonomy and the use of biological keys along with field methods such as River Habitat Survey and Phase 1 mapping. Coursework assignments are based on realistic challenges faced by professionals working in conservation, such as selection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The overall aim is to equip you with the expertise, skills and confidence to work in willdife conservation.

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Geophotography (Optional, 20 Credits)

The module is structured into two parts. The first term lectures and workshops will equip you with a visual understanding and practical methods, including graphics packages, critical visual methodologies, cartography and zine making. You will explore challenging contemporary ideas in geography around theoretical understandings of the visual. The second half of the module is primarily driven by your critical visual practice as you research and create on your project for the end of module exhibition. This will be supported by tutorials and crits providing sustained formative feedback. The module finishes with a public exhibition of your work. The experience of practiced based learning and public exhibition of work is designed to boost your self-confidence and develop novel skills supporting future career development

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Development and Disasters (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about relationships between development and disasters to be able to analyse and respond to environmental and other catastrophes impacting on society, including through knowledge of their physical environmental, political and economic contexts. The way that disasters can be prevented, their impact on people reduced and relief and recovery better provided post disaster forms an applied focus to this module. Examples used include major hazards of environmental change, economic instability and conflict that disrupt human well-being over brief or long time-frames. The module addresses the challenges and solutions prevalent in practice and policy environments for those engaging with the development and disaster reduction sector. The content of this module is partly linked to work in this field through Northumbria’s ongoing facilitation of a global disaster and development network. The module teaches that although hazards, risks and disasters impact society, this is offset by individuals, groups, institutions and organizations through disaster management, and by becoming resilient, healthy and creative. Examples demonstrate the application of theory to practice in these relationships in both the economically wealthy and poorer parts of the world. Detailed approaches within this framework include early warning systems, risk management, mitigation techniques, response and recovery actions as well as more appropriate forms of sustainable development action. The module draws from an interdisciplinary perspective making it suitable for those progressing from, or interested in pursuing physical environmental, economic or social aspects of development and disasters. The knowledge and skills learnt can be applied to careers in this field.

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Advanced Geospatial Applications (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the design and implementation of geospatial Applications using evidence based practice extending practical knowledge of the techniques and analysis tools gained from level 5 (Second year). This will involve you critically reviewing existing published and adopted practice in topic areas such as:
• environmental planning,
• landcover change,
• resource management and
• risk assessment.
in order to design, cost and implement your own geospatial application. You will be taught advanced concepts of method design and how
to cost and respond to a tender request. You will also learn advanced IT skills on data compilation, download, generation, analysis, interpretation and presentation within the context of ‘fitness of use’ using image processing and GIS software. As you explore evidence based practice you will be asked to design your application with key consideration to the following questions. Can geospatial Applications be:
• value free and what role does positionality and ethics play?,
• simply sticks which powerful groups in decision making processes use to beat smaller groups with?, and
• a key determinant of planning and policy success in an organisational context?

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Public Health and Occupational Safety (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about public health protection and occupational safety and develop a critical understanding of the nature of communicable diseases and non-communicable occupational and environmental hazards to develop appropriate evidence and risk based approaches. You will build a critical understanding of organisations and approaches responsible for ensuring effective arrangements are in place nationally and locally for preparing, planning and responding to concerns and emergencies, including the future impact of climate change. You will focus on the key aspects including

• Harm from communicable diseases and health impact from environmental and occupational hazards
• Collection, analysis and interpretation of surveillance data
• Planning, investigation and response to incidents, accidents and outbreaks
• Legal and regulatory systems
• Resilience and emergency response
• Workplace health and safety,
• Health and safety risk management
• Principles and theories of health and safety management
• Occupational health and hygiene and occupational psychology

On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will enhance your employability prospects within a broad environmental health / health, safety and environment job sector.

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